Hello Again I am eagerly awaiting my first order of 6 hens from Meyer Hatchery (should be here 2/28-2/29) and while waiting I thought I would get started on coop design. So far, I have decided on a 6' wide, 4' deep coop, (basically to allow 4 sq. ft/hen inside the coop). I plan on making it a raised coop (about 2' off the ground?) to allow for shade in the summer. I live in NW Ohio, so our weather varies greatly from 80-90s in the summer to 10-30s in winter, thus I will need plenty of ventilation and shade for the warm summer months. I am making the coop non-insulated because, from what I have gathered, as long as the hens are out of direct wind/drafts they should be able to handle the cold quite fine. I will make 2 external nesting boxes that will attach to the outside front left of the coop with a top access door to allow for easy-gathering of eggs. My questions concern the inside of the coop. I plan on using the DLM method, so I will allow extra heigth for that. Basically, I am looking to know how "tall" I should make my coop? Is there a general height guideline to follow? Secondly, how far off the floor of the coop should the bottom of the nest boxes be? And last but not least, should I locate roosting bars in a particular location in the coop? (ie. above the nesting boxes, opposite end, etc.), and how high should those be off the floor? I read somewhere that using a 2x4 forces the hens to sit on their feet, which will keep them warmer during the winter months, which is what I plan to do (I think! ) Forgot one more. I read a lot about a "pop door". I can only infer that this is the door that drops down to allow access to the ladder (forgive me, I am very new to chickens so if I am using improper terminology feel free to correct me!). My question is, if I am planning on having the coop enclosed INSIDE the run, is it necessary to have an actual door there? and if so, why? Also, is there a general guideline for the size of this hole/door? Thanks alot for taking the time to read/answer, I have learned a ton from everyone and am very excited about this new hobby!